Chamber music projects

Droomt zij?
Stabat Mater - G. B. Pergolesi

A unique version of the famous Stabat Mater with accordion player Vincent van Amsterdam, cellist Diederik van Dijk and soprano Titia van Heyst. This intimate setting enhances the emotional experience of the Lent and touches the heart.

Matangi meets Mezzo
An ode to opera

In this operatic concert Esther and the well known Matangi String Quartet offer an appealing opera experience in a chamber music setting. Music and aria's by Mozart, Händel, Purcell, Meyerbeer, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and Wagner.

Lieder from 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn'

As a mezzo, Mahler's music cannot be left out of your chamber music repertoire. In this program full of surprises and fascinating stories, Esther is joined by baritone Sven Weyens and pianist Maurice Lammerts van Bueren.

For their song recital ‘Droomt zij?’ Esther and pianist Heleen Vegter selected Robert Schumann's Frauenliebe und -leben, and their favorite songs by Dutch composers Henriëtte Bosmans (1895-1952) and Anna Cramer (1873-1968). Both of them spent a great deal of their lives in Amsterdam and had very specific composition styles. Where Bosmans' works became famous already during her lifetime, Cramers' manuscripts were found only after her death. During the last years of her life, she became paranoid and hid all of her work in a safe at the bank. In this program, Bosmans’ grand gestures complement Cramers' dreamlike miniature worlds. In the poems they set to music, the boundary between dream and reality seems to vanish.

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Recital with accordion player Vincent van Amsterdam

Classical accordion player Vincent van Amsterdam brings a special touch to a singer-instrumentalist collaboration. With its many different registers, the accordion acts like a one man orchestra, while it's breathing matches greatly with the singers breath flow. Together with Esther's vibrant singing their sound merges together into a unique experience for the ears. Mahler's 'Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen' and a selection of songs by Tchaikovksy.

©Maurice Lammerts van Bueren